Archive for September, 2011

The advantages and disadvantages of implants, crowns and bridges

Monday, September 26th, 2011 by admin

As a survey reveals that an increasing number of patients are enquiring about dental prosthetics, a dentist lists the advantages and disadvantages of implants, crowns and bridges

The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has revealed phone calls from the public about implants, crowns and bridges top the list of queries received by its helpline’s operators.

By analysing 150,000 calls from the public over the past five years, the BDHF discovered that questions about prosthetics account for one in seven (13 per cent) of all enquiries. Read the rest of this entry »

4 common dental dilemmas

Monday, September 26th, 2011 by admin

Smiling girl

Electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush? Silver fillings or white fillings? A dentist gives some advice about these, and other, common dental dilemmas

Electric toothbrush versus manual toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes seem to be all the rage these days. But have we become a little too hasty at pushing trusty manual toothbrushes to the back of bathroom cabinets?

Dr Glafcos Tombolis of Wandsworth Dentist Ethicare says: “When it comes to brushing, using a manual toothbrush is harder to get right – you need to be more systematic when using one.” Read the rest of this entry »

Be like Rio and kick toothache into touch

Monday, September 12th, 2011 by admin
Footballer Rio Ferdinand

Footballer Rio Ferdinand

A dentist talks about the causes of and treatments for toothache – the condition which caused Rio Ferdinand so much trouble lately. It seems like the England football star could have used a more effective means of defending himself from the pain…

Earlier this month, Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand issued some anguished tweets about being bedevilled by severe tooth pain.

On August 30th his concerned followers were told that the former England captain was “en route to the dentist… not looking forward to this at all. Tooth ache is not a joke, paracetamol didn’t ease the pain”.

Such was the former West Ham player’s discomfort that he felt compelled to “use pliers or a hammer to get it [the toothache] out myself”.

Putney dentist Ethicare treats many patients who are suffering from toothache; a condition which can be caused by:

  • Receding gums
  • Dental decay
  • A cracked tooth
  • An abscess caused by infection

But Ferdinand’s toothache was in fact caused by another factor… the emergence of two wisdom teeth.
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CBT therapy: a beneficial way to treat dental phobia?

Monday, September 5th, 2011 by admin
A dentist giving treatment

Photo by S J Sanders

How beneficial is CBT to people with a severe dental phobia and how long-lasting can the benefits be? A new study claims to have the answers…

New research suggests that severe dental phobia can be successfully reduced by just one session of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a treatment which tries to identify and directly change thoughts that may be affecting behaviour.

The results of the study, entitled ‘A joint approach to treating dental phobia’, were published in the British Dental Journal on August 26th 2011 and will provide thought-provoking reading material for nervous patients in dental waiting rooms.

Of course, many Britons are too nervous to even make it to the waiting room – Read the rest of this entry »